February 17, 2007 at 11:22 pm #3258joatParticipant
Looking forward to the summer, does anyone have any recomendations for a river you could spend the day or an overnight running, with class 2 and 3 water? Not so much for wave/hole/surf play, but for improving river running skills for a beginner (my second summer on ww).
MikeFebruary 18, 2007 at 2:54 am #23795Derek MereweatherParticipant
The Lower Madawaska is an excellent class 2 – 3 river to run (Snake section from Aumonds to the Buck Bay takeout). There is a good spiral-bound guide book you can pick up or hook up with another group to head down in the spring.
Derek MereweatherFebruary 18, 2007 at 1:27 pm #23796randyParticipant
If want to drive to riviere rouge across the border and into Quebec; there’s an ideal class II-III experience just below http://www.abvkayak.com/
ABV is also a great kayak school on the river that you can take a course with. Usually on a Saturday morning there’s a whole bunch of people paddling downstream from ABV. This spot is in between the Canyon section of the rouge and the Gorge or seven sisters section.
On the same river, there’s another section below the seven sisters water falls that another school operates on: http://www.h2oadventures.com/eng-home.html
This too is a fun class II-III experience. I’ve never paddled with the guys at this school, but have met them on the river and they love what they do, and were cool guys. Should also a great time.
RFebruary 18, 2007 at 1:30 pm #23797randyParticipant
Also across the border, you can park and play at valleyfield. All class II-III. check out http://www.kayak-valleyfield.org/?langue=en for a map of the park. Any Saturday during the summer there’s lot’s of people playing here. You can carry your boat to the top and run this section over and over again if you want. Good place to practice! Cheers, RFebruary 18, 2007 at 10:48 pm #23798SkippyParticipant
Middle Channel of the Ottawa at Lower Water. Perfect for beginner/novices.February 19, 2007 at 2:05 pm #23799PhittyParticipant
Petite Nation (outside of Ottawa), and I think the Salmon and Moira are Class 2/3 as well (Hwy 7).February 19, 2007 at 2:34 pm #23800MITParticipant
Try the Pet in the park makes a great 2 nights, 3 days tripFebruary 19, 2007 at 9:58 pm #23801SkippyParticipant
Pet in the Park…for a beginner? That is crazy talk. I predict serious carnage!!!February 19, 2007 at 10:50 pm #23802The Great GonzoParticipant
Depends which section of the Pet in the park you run. The one from Lake Travers to lake Manus is pretty benign, apart from Crooked chute at higher water levels and usually run in tripping canoes, due to the high amount of flatwater. While it’s a great trip, I would not do it in a WW kayak due to all the flats and lakes.
The section immediately above Lake Travers, from the MacDonald rapids down to Lake Travers is usually done as a hike-in day trip and is considerably more difficult, depending on water levels at least 3-4 and definitely not a place for a beginner.
TGG!March 10, 2007 at 6:10 am #23803dyranParticipant
The moira just above belleville, the lower half is a great beginner river that’s a bunch of fun.March 10, 2007 at 11:57 am #23804cboaterParticipant"randy":3bsb3ncr wrote:If want to drive to riviere rouge across the border and into Quebec; there’s an ideal class II-III experience just below http://www.abvkayak.com/
For the most part this is true, but there are some C3+/c4 stuff on there, IMO. It is a great learning river, just a few nasty spots you don’t want to swim (I swam through washing machine and the hole above cuz i blew my roll)
Since you’re in Kitchener, You prolly already know this – but the Elora Gorge is pretty tame at low levels. There’s also the credit R in missisauga. which is a nice spring warmup run.. c1 mostly, perhaps c2 level dependent. The Saugeen R out near.. uh.. i don’t know.. Kincardine? .. that’s a C1/2 float, it’s a 2 day trip I think as well.
Ah there’s the Black/Head River in Washago – they’re pretty close, and definitely a good beginner river..
CII/III? Prolly Lower Mad and the Gull below the falls are best for developing RR skills.March 12, 2007 at 9:46 pm #23805Chris J.N.S.Participant
I have always enjoyed the Black in Wahago and the Moira rivers. Good clean rapids without too many brain busting hazzards. I believe that they are both on the Whats Running map.March 12, 2007 at 10:22 pm #23806cmnypnyParticipant
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I must say, that was totally what I was looking for…looks like it would be a lot of fun.
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